Today's visit with Dr. Williams went well. Nathan is up to 25.4 pounds which we gratefully thank his feeding tube for! Our thoughts about Nathan getting a G-tube soon were right on. Before we could even tell Dr. Williams that we have been discussing it, he said he thought it should be done during his next scope. We are thankful to have a doctor who is on the same page that we are on! Dr. Williams is an amazing doctor and we know that he truly wants what is best for Nathan.
So now we are waiting to hear from the nurse to schedule his scope/biopsies & surgery to place the G-tube in his stomach. Dr. Williams plan is to schedule it for a Monday and have Nathan discharged from the hospital by Wednesday the same week. There are risks involved with the G-tube, but all are a fairly small percentage. We are praying that things go smoothly and he heals quickly. Nathan will require sponge baths for two weeks after the surgery, and then after 8 weeks the G-tube will be switched out to a flat "button" like port on his stomach. He will be able to go swimming and do all of the other fun things kids his age do this summer once it heals! :o) We are thankful for that, as we have a vacation planned at the beach with friends in September!
Mark and I are doing well with this news, as it was something we could tell was in Nathan's future with how much we were relying on the NG tube. It's a big help being mentally prepared for hearing this kind of stuff when it's time to do it. It's still not a pleasant idea, nor is it going to be a worry-free time for us now counting the days until it happens. But hearing from so many others that have children that have needed G-tubes and hearing that life is better with them over the NG tube helps greatly!
Here is a diagram of a G-tube, for those of you who may not be familiar: